Peonies as a Potential Forcing Crop
The genus Paeonla (Family Paeoniacae) consists of over 30 species, most of which are of European or Asian origin. There are two horticultural groups: the woody "tree" types, and herbaceous peonies. The latter are derived principally from P. lactlflora (Siberia) and P. officinalis (Europe), and consist of a large number of cultivars developed over many years and grown mainly as garden plants in cold-winter climates. These are very hardy, bushy perennials 2-4 ft. tall that die back in the winter but develop new flowering stems each spring from a tuberous crown. The blooms make excellent cut flowers. They store well and exhibit much the same vase characteristics as cut roses.
Source: • Illinois State Florists' Association Bulletin #446